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Steady Date with Tommy Sands
2008 reissue of the debut album from the multi-talented U.S. Pop star, originally released in 1957. While Colonel Tom Parker's involvement in the successful career of Elvis Presley is extremely well documented, his role in... more »
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2008 reissue of the debut album from the multi-talented U.S. Pop star, originally released in 1957. While Colonel Tom Parker's involvement in the successful career of Elvis Presley is extremely well documented, his role in discovering and nurturing (at least initially) Tommy Sands is often overlooked. Tommy was a 15 year old singer and guitarist when Colonel Tom Parker discovered him, hearing him perform on a local radio station. He got him a contract with RCA Records and whilst his initial recordings did little, his subsequent positioning as something of a teen idol (no doubt modeled on Elvis) proved a masterstroke. Though his hit career was surprisingly brief, Steady Date was a Top 5 hit album. He later turned to acting and was briefly married to Nancy Sinatra. Hallmark.
Tommy Sands can still sing
Robert M. Bowen | Helendale, CA USA | 05/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Sands in-person and watched (and listened) to him perform a couple of tunes backed by Glen Glenn's rockabilly band at the Elvis & Priscilla Presley Honeymoon Home in Palm Springs. Tommy still sounds great and is a very personable guy. This CD has most of his hits, but is missing my favorite "The Worrying Kind." At last night's celebration Alan Clark sang "The Worrying Kind" as Tommy Sands approved from the sidelines."
Lost in the shadow of Elvis
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 12/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Capitol was hoping Tommy Sands would be their Elvis but it was not to be. His first hit was to be his only major one although he did manage to get ten more tunes into the top 100 during the late 50s. In spite of his signature "Teen-Age Crush" and other charted singles, he is strangely ignored in the reissue market and even on the oldies stations is seldom heard. Collectables brings to the domestic market this first CD containing most of his charted sides. Some of his recordings are blatant Elvis sound-alikes but when he quits trying to be Elvis and lets his voice go au naturel, his singing is reasonably listenable. With less and less suitable material going his way, the hits dried up fairly quickly and although he had some moderate film success, by the end of the 50s he was off the commercially viable music radar. It's welcome to see at least some of his material back on the shelves offering an alternative to the omnipresent CDs of the artists who overshadowed him. Sound quality on this piece is fairly good with all tracks in mono except 18. The liner notes booklet includes two pages of backround on his recording history. This refreshing addition to the CD reissue market would be of interest to not only Sands' fans, but also to those who enjoy the music of the better-known pre-Beatles American heart-throb artists. Bear Family has a bigger single-disc collection of Sands' recordings that despite much overlap, would be of interest to Sands' fans. While pricier, the Bear piece has more tracks and more liner notes material. This Collectables piece however does offer a more reasonably priced overview of Sands' music for the casual listener."
Nancy E. Phillips | Seattle, WA United States | 11/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you were a kid in the 50/60's and a fan of the beach party movies, etc., well before the Beatles came along, this is for you! My mom had the LP (it's still around somewhere) but I just had to get the CD. I was amazed how quickly all the words came back to me."